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But she imagined the "gift box" to be a place where she could house her studio, a place where her dog could run freely in the garden, and a place she could call home.
"I redistributed the loads in order to achieve the 14-foot uninterrupted ceilings," she said. "When I first saw the space it had multiple rooms and a hallway."
Now the large open room serves as Birey's studio where she operates her business.
Renovating the outdoors was a whole other adventure.
She also planted a yellow magnolia tree – which is now 30-feet tall – that can be seen from the master bedroom.
One of her favorite additions is the outdoor bathroom, which is attached to the home and looks into the garden.